Is Lahori salt(Sendha namak/Rock Salt) better than Table Salt?

#1 Apr 11th, 2012, 02:05
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Please give your suggestion regarding use of Sendha Namak.
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Table salt is salt that has been super heated & chemically cleaned. Aluminum hydroxide is often added to make it pour better. Stay away from it if/when possible - it is as close to legalized poison as there is to be found in a kitchen or household. I don't know about Lahori salt per se but if it's as unadulterated & as natura/organic as sea salt - then you are probably well ahead of the game & good to go!
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Sendha Namak is supposed to be better if you have high BP as the salt content is lower. It is similar to rock salt. It is also quite low in iodine so if your diet is low in Iodine it may not be good for you. It is mined in mountains and used by people in India while fasting.
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Ah, Utah cave salt! Epicureans pay pay high prices for specialty salt, kosher, etc. Can't tell the difference really except all salt is better on the rim of a Margarita glass..
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Further Sendha namak/Rock Salt also does not contain sodium content (bad for hypertension) and it is rich in minerals (good for health).

People also consider it as vegetarian salt as it is not made using sea water hence it is used in cooking for religious purpose.
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Originally Posted by Prakaant View Post Further Sendha namak/Rock Salt also does not contain sodium content (bad for hypertension)
...that is the main ingredient even of the rock salt! Apart from some trace minerals, rock salt too is sodium chloride.
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Originally Posted by jituyadav View Post ...that (sodium) is the main ingredient even of the rock salt! Apart from some trace minerals, rock salt too is sodium chloride.
Agree! but it has low-sodium, low-potassium and high-calcium content, so it is good for health, I believe.
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Originally Posted by Prakaant View Post Rock Salt also does not contain sodium content
...and also, there is no calcium in rock salt, and only minor difference in sodium content, not something one can bank upon if suffering from problems like high BP etc
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The method of preparation make Rock salt healthier than refined salt. As PeakXV has pointed out above, refined salt contains ingredients added after the salt is extracted from the brine (mostly to remove the so called impurities). Rock salt (halite) extracted from mines, does not contain such additives (unless an anti-caking agent has been added later).
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This is a completely new take on the rock-salt/sea-salt issue. Sea-salt was considered "boiled" food so inappropriate for fasting days, religious offerings (prasaad), widows etc. On the other hand rock-salt was considered "pure".

I recommend Roy Moxham's Great Hedge of India for a socio-political history of salt in India.
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Sendha namak is good because it is a pure natural salt, unlike the additive laced "normal" salt. I buy it for all my cooking as I don't want to eat unnecessary chemicals and my diet is healthy so I don't need added iodine.
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This is what is sold in Europe and the U.S.as Himalayan Salt and costs a fortune in some places.

On this American site it is $ 15 for less than 200 grams (7 oz)
http://www.saltworks.us/himalayan-salt-cork-jar.html

In organic stores in Switzerland and Germany I saw prices upto 40 Swiss Francs ($ 45) per 500 gram. Now the prices have come down since internet sites sell the kilo for 3 to 4 Euros.

The fad of Himalayan salts began with the publication of this book first in Germany

Water & Salt:: The Essence Of Life: The Healing Power of Nature
by the German authors Barbara Hendel and Peter Ferreira
http://www.amazon.com/Water-Salt-Ess...4139667&sr=8-1

Ferreira became some kind of New Age health-guru and made his fortune selling this "discovery" at an incredibly high price.
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Originally Posted by Govindpuri View Post Sendha Namak is ... mined in mountains ....


The name suggests salt that is derived from the sea ! So how come it means rock salt now?!

(Of course, it is also possible that it means salt that is got from the place Sindhu.)


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Yes, it is also called Saindava salt in India (sindu - saindava).
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My parents have switched to Sendha namak since about a year plus now. They feel better with it. And since they have, so have I.

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